Leading scientists from Scotland and Canada are set to meet virtually to discuss greener agricultural systems.

Experts from Scotland’s Rural College and the University of Guelph in Ontario will examine how technology is being used to boost the natural economy at next month’s virtual event.

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Professor Rainer Roehe from SRUC will showcase his research into the mitigation of methane emissions from beef cattle, while Prof Asim Biswas from the University of Guelph will discuss the use of smart farming techniques in Ontario’s grain production.

Supported by the Scottish Government, the event will include opening remarks from Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon MSP, as well as an in-depth panel discussion.

Further presentations will be made by Prof Richard Dewhurst, who will talk about the Digital Value Dairy Chain project, led by SRUC, and the University of Guelph’s Prof Claudia Wagner-Riddle, who will explain how an integrated data sharing platform can expand the value of soil health and soil ecosystem services research.

The Digital Value Dairy Chain project, which aims to create 600 new jobs in South-West Scotland and Cumbria, recently received more than £21 million from the UKRI Strength in Places fund.

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Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC, Professor Wayne Powell, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this joint webinar. Supported by the Scottish Government, it is the latest event in a long-running series of collaborations between the University of Guelph and SRUC. It is particularly timely, illustrating examples of key research that aims to build back the natural economy greener and more sustainably from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The Zoom event, A Green Rural Recovery: Sustainable Natural Economies of Canada and Scotland is free to attend, taking place on Tuesday October 12 from 4pm-5.30pm (BST). To sign up visit bit.ly/GreenRuralRecovery